I could repeat the words of joy of the hosts of former Congresses.
I could invite you to visit Sintra, because it is truly an architectural jewel, having been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as the first Cultural Landscape of Europe.
I could also express great pleasure in your presence in this extremity of Europe and encourage you to visit other magnificent works of man and nature classified by UNESCO such as the Douro, the Pico, Evora or the Alhambra, just next door in Spain.
Yes, indeed, I could. But my awareness as a citizen of the world, triggers my senses, to focus on the consecutive summits that have taken place since the 80’s – Rio, Kyoto or more recently, Copenhagen and Cancun.
We are bound to the reality which impacts the entire planet and that will affect our lives and our children’s lives. Thus, it is legitimate to question which legacy we are passing on to the next generations and what action we will take, or can take, to protect a heritage which is, in fact, ours.
Therefore, I invite you all to share, in Sintra, land of artists and poets, your ideas, your proposals, your projects and your successes within the scope of the theme of the 11th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities “World Heritage Cities and Climate Change” which will take place from the 22nd to the 25th of November 2011.
Fernando Roboredo Seara
Mayor of Sintra